No fewer than 41 persons were confirmed dead while over 107 houses among other property were destroyed during the recent communal clashes between the Lungudas ethnic group in Adamawa state and their Wajas counterparts of Gombe state.
The two tribes were at war following a disagreement over a parcel of land.
Mr Clement Minakaro, the District Head of Lafiya in the area, told the committee set up by Governor Mohammed Jibrilla to evaluate the crisis and reconcile the warring parties that there have been a long unresolved land dispute between the two ethnic groups.
He briefed the committee members that a simple issue that could have been resolved amicably was allowed to snowball into a full blown war where even those passing by on the ever busy Yola—Gombe road were not spared.
Earlier, the Hama Bachama, Chief Honest Irmiya had told the Assessment and Reconciliation committee to do a detailed investigation as to what led to the communal clashes between Lunguda & waja people.
Homun Honest Irimiya observed that the call had become imperative in order to resolve the age long dispute between the two groups.
He expressed gloom that a clash of such magnitude will happen in his chiefdom when the area was yet to fully recover from the Fulani/ Bachama carnage that had led to the loss of hundreds of lives and property worth millions destroyed in Numan, Demsa and Lamurde local government areas of the chiefdom.
The Chairman of the committee, Dr Agoso Bamaiyi told the Paramount Ruler that the assessment team would visit all the affected communities in the course of their assignment.
The Commitee members also visited the Mai of Kaltungo in Gombe State, Engr Abubakar Abdullahi where he sympathised with him over the incident.
The Mai Kaltungo told the two warring groups to sheathe their weapons and resort to dialogue in resolving any contentious issues before them.
During the visit the committee reconciled the warring groups through their representatives-Malam Saleh mai rake of Waja community and Mr John Monsirmi of Lunguda community who embraced each other.